Employee of the Year at the annual Godolphin Stud and Stable Awards 2016
Level 1 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care (1998
Level 2 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care
Level 3 Diploma in Work Based Racehorse Care & Management
While at the NHC
Gemma, graduate of NHC in 1998, has worked for Middleham trainer Micky Hammond since graduating.
Gemma was given the highest accolade available to stable staff, when she was named Employee of the Year at the annual Godolphin Stud and Stable Awards 2016 and received her trophy and cash prize from Sir Anthony McCoy. Described by her boss as “the backbone of Micky Hammond Racing”, Gemma completed her Level 2 Apprenticeship in 2000 and four years later attained her Level 3 Diploma in Racehorse Care & Management, before becoming Hammond’s assistant trainer.
Looking back on her start in racing, she says: “I always wanted to work with animals but I didn’t know it was with horses until I first went to the NHC and then immediately I knew that was what I wanted to do. There are so many great days in racing. Getting up every day and doing something you love. It’s amazing.”
Gemma added another string to her bow – as a writer. Her autobiography, Stable Lass, was published on 5 April 2018 – an excellent read.